Posted 4 months ago
This little fish is 3 1/2" long x 2 1/2" high x 1" wide. It has no makers mark. The seller of this fish claimed it was made by Cambridge Glass Company, but I think it is more likely by Boyd Art Glass or the Guernsey Glass Company. Calling it Cambridge until I can prove it is not.
The Guernsey Glass Co., Inc. — Cambridge
Harold D. Bennett, along with his brothers, Harlan R. and Richard E. Bennett, opened The Guernsey Glass Co. in 1967. After acquiring the formulas of two of the most sought after colors of glass — New England Peachblo and the original Antique Cranberry — Harold was about to fulfill his longtime ambition.
Bennett purchased the formulas, plus all equipment and moulds from Sam Diana of Rochester, Pa., who had closed The Venetian Glass Co.
The first years of production were spent on achieving the desired results from the antique formulas. During the winter of 1967, approximately 250 pieces of Peachblo were blown. These pieces, now hard to find, were marked with Bennett’s signature and dated for the year produced. Today, The Guernsey Glass Co., Inc., has a registered trademark, the letter “B” inside of a triangle.
In 1948, Harold was married to Dorothy (Judy) Larrick. Since they shared a love for glass and together had nearly 5,000 pieces in 1973, they erected, what is known today as, The Cambridge Glass Museum. Mr. Eddie Wells was the curator for the museum for nearly 40 years to allow Mr. Bennett to continue his glass business.
The Guernsey Glass Company stopped manufacturing glass, but continued on to create new moulds and contracting the work out to be made. Two of the newest popular pieces are “Rocky,” a rocking horse, and “Rocky Jr.,” a miniature rocking horse.
Boyd’s Crystal Art Glass — Cambridge
Upon the death of Elizabeth Degenhart, owner of Degenhart’s Crystal Art Glass, Bernard Boyd, Degenhart’s glass maker, was given the opportunity to purchase the factory. Bernard C. and his son, Bernard F., did exactly that in October of 1978.
Boyd’s Crystal Art Glass was shipped all over the U.S. and has even been sold in England. The senior Boyd liked to experiment with colors that vary from opaque to crystal. He prided himself in making beautiful colors. No sales people were ever employed. All of their sales were made by word of mouth, which reinforced the demand for the colorful pieces manufactured by the Boyd family.